Two-Way Prospect an Unknown Commodity

The Cougars are on the recruiting prowl in the Salt Lake area this year. Four prospects from one school are of particular interest to BYU coaches. One of those prospects has not even played a down at the varsity level.

Zak Eldridge is a linebacker/running back prospect from Cottonwood high school who had to sit out of varsity football due to transfer rules, but the senior-to-be is garnering a lot of attention from potential suitors at the collegiate level despite the circumstances.

"I decided to transfer after my sophomore year from Hillcrest, so I couldn't play varsity football last year, but I played on the junior varsity team and did pretty well," said Eldridge

"Pretty well" may be an understatement as Eldridge ran down his stats last season playing for Cottonwood's junior varsity team, "I played 9 games and ran for over 2500 yards", said Eldridge, "I also scored 29 touchdowns. I played both ways as well. I played linebacker and running back."

Eldridge is a 6'0", 223-pound player who looks to lead block for Stanley Havili next season while leading the defense at the linebacker position. "I don't just want to block," said Eldridge. "I can run the ball too. I just want to play and make up for the time I wasn't able to play Varsity last year. We're going to have a great team and I just want to help us take state."

Eldridge went down to the Los Angeles NIKE combine this past weekend with Havili and Danny Payne and impressed scouts lifting the 185 bar 44 times which was second among all the linebackers. "The guy who beat me lifted it 46 times, so I was disappointed with that, but I feel I did well overall," Eldridge said. "I didn't run the forty very well, but neither did Stanley. I was timed at 4.62 running the forty before the camp."

Eldridge is LDS, but has no mission plans at this time. He's being looked at by Utah, BYU, Oregon and San Jose State, but Eldridge is confident that the attention will pick up once he starts playing this season. "Most schools don't know a lot about me because I didn't play varsity last season, but they'll get to know me this season," he said.

BYU coaches have contacted Eldridge along with coaches from Utah. Eldridge is looking to attend BYU's camp along with most of the camps his high school teammates Havili, Payne and Alex Cate plan to attend.

"We're all real close, so we're going to do everything together this summer," said Eldridge. "Playing with them in college would be great. I have no idea where I want to play right now. I'm just going to wait for my offers to come in and then decide. I like BYU a lot at this point and I like Utah as well. We'll just have to see how everything plays out and then decide."

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